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Submission + - Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 2) 360

The counter point, for me, is that's a very complicated way to produce the universe we actually live in. What is the purpose of the simulation? Is it to be similar to Conway's "Life", in which case why build something so convoluted, and why cheat as apparently the programmer did with 2 and 3?

If not, if the aim was to create sentient beings (well, me at least, I can't speak for you idiots), then, again, why create a system that requires fourteen billion years to actually produce them, with them being around for a mere 50,000, and each having a life span of (almost always) less than 100 years?

And if you're about to argue the universe was created ten seconds ago, well, no, because there's apparently information in it covering about fourteen billion years. To ensure the system is stable, the logic and current state has to fit that fourteen billion years AND has to be stable right now. One off-by-one error and the Earth will go spiralling into space, or get sucked into the Sun, or just disintegrate, or turn into a black hole for a split second, or...

I can explain why John Carmack created a number of "virtual reality" (Doom and onwards) games, but he didn't create some overly complex physics model, just the bare minimum to work for the observer. Our universal engineer, however, appears to have created this enormously convoluted system for no apparent reason. I'm not seeing the reason to assume intelligence when a more likely reason for the things you note is that our universe is more complex than you want to believe it is.

Comment Re:Make my words (Score 3, Insightful) 124

Slashdot did something similar in the early 2000s, and survived. That's why you have "Friends and foes", not a personal blocklist, which would be more useful.

It'll have little affect on Reddit itself, but might or might not succeed as a feature. If it succeeds, more power to them, because Facebook is awful, and Twitter is managed terribly and limited by its very nature.

Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Re:Salesforce isn't just sales (Score 1) 73

it's a complete WYSIWYG application platform that can build complex business apps without code ("Clicks not Code" in SF parlance). It's basically Visual Basic 6 for the web.

Thank you. I've been trying to figure out what SalesForce actually is for months. This is the most complete, intelligible description I've seen anywhere.

Comment Re:Honest question: what is the best... (Score 1) 102

HP makes some decent Windows tablets around the $100-200 range, depending on screensize and built-in cellular broadband (3G, 4G, etc.) I have a Stream 8 and I'm very happy with it - alas it's discontinued, but the Stream 7 is still around. The only issue is a lack of memory, but that's not as noticeable on these devices as you might think.

HP has a good reputation for producing adequate hardware at prices that are not anything special. Whenever I'm in the market for computers that are just about good enough I generally check them first, so there's that.

Comment Re:With a non-stop stream of (Score 1) 320

It's very nice for 2 in 1 devices - laptops that convert into tablets. I don't use the latter feature often, but when I do it's a godsend. The same thing is why I haven't switched my brand new laptop to GNU/Linux yet, despite the latter being an OS I massively prefer. None of the major desktops that support the desktop paradigm (that is GNOME 2, Cinnamon, and MATE - both GNOME 3 and Unity go some way to avoid being that) are particularly touch friendly, and the concept of the UI switching modes depending on environment seems to be foreign to FOSS developers right now.

Other than that, and the ability to run Ubuntu command line applications, it's not much better than 7 and has a lot of downsides, particularly the UI latency which in some areas, such as the Start menu, is ridiculous.

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